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REGIONAL SOFTBALL: Inter-City knocked out after early lead

Inter-City's Makayla Thoune had two hits and a run scored in Saturday's regional semifinal, and was the game's starting pitcher. Photo by Frank Wladyslawski

Despite an early lead in Saturday’s Division 4, Region 32 semifinal game, the Inter-City Baptist softball team was knocked off 6-4 by Westland Huron Valley Lutheran at Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett.

In the top of the first inning, Rachel Muscat hit a solo homerun over the left-field fence and gave the Chargers (12-9) a 1-0 advantage.

Sophomore Makayla Thoune followed in the order with a double and was later knocked in courtesy of a single by Mckenna Howell.

Inter-City’s two-run lead disappeared in the bottom of the second, as RBIs from the Hawks’ Anne St. John (1) and Bethany Schaffer (2) put Huron Valley up 3-2.

Chargers’ Coach Nancy Poole said both offenses did well in Saturday’s contest, but it was Huron Valley that ultimately had the edge.

“This was a good game,” Poole said. “Both teams hit and scored, and they just hit a little better than we did.”

The locals tied it up in the top of the third with a single from Sarah Davis that plated Thoune, but in the bottom half of the frame; the Hawks went up 5-3 with run a scored by Brooke Kuehn and another RBI from St. John.

An inning later, Huron Valley added one more run with a hit from Madison Ott, which drove in Ashley Hewer.

To get one back in the fifth, the Chargers took advantage of two errors by the Hawks. Huron Valley’s first error allowed Muscat to reach base and then later in the inning she crossed the plate thanks to another miscue in the field.

In the final two innings, Inter-City managed only one base runner and subsequently saw its day end early as the Hawks claimed the 6-4 victory and advanced to play Liggett in the regional final.

Muscat said that if her team could have maintained a strong attack at the plate, which it showed early on, the outcome might have been different.

“We hit really well the first few innings and then we kind of just dropped off a little bit,” said Muscat, who will be playing at Concordia University next year. “I think if we could have kept our hitting going on, it would have turned out a little better.”

For the Chargers, 11 of the team’s 12 players are set to return for the 2014 season, as Muscat was the squad’s lone senior.

In the regional final, Liggett beat Huron Valley 5-0 to advance to the quarterfinal, which will be played Tuesday at Adrian College against Concord. Earlier in the day, Liggett had advanced with a 1-0 victory against Wixom St. Catherine in the semifinal.











Last Updated: 6/10/2013 7:17:35 PM EST

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